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Old Scores and New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions

Asia Report N°258, 24 July 2014

A China Coast Guard ship (below) snail as Japan Coast Guard ship is tagging in the contiguous off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on Sept. 11, 2013.

The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints.

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Old Scores and New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions, Asia Report N°258, 24 Jul 2014

The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints.

Education Reform in Pakistan, Asia Report N°257, 23 Jun 2014

To combat religious extremism and sectarian violence, Pakistan must reform its education sector by boosting resources to public schools and updating the school curriculum to improve quality and remove divisive and discriminatory narratives.

Counting the Costs: Myanmar’s Problematic Census, Asia Briefing N°144, 15 May 2014

Myanmar’s controversial census has inflamed ethnic tensions at a critical moment in the peace process. Releasing the data will require great political sensitivity to avoid further violence, all the more so with elections scheduled for 2015.

Afghanistan’s Insurgency after the Transition, Asia Report N°256, 12 May 2014

To contain a growing, increasingly confident insurgency as NATO troops withdraw, Afghanistan needs continued international support, including military, and the new government in Kabul will need to reinvigorate the state’s commitment to the rule of law.

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Myanmar’s Military: Back to the Barracks?, Asia Briefing N°143, 22 Apr 2014

It was Myanmar’s military that initiated the end of its own dictatorship; to advance stable reform, it needs to continue withdrawing from civilian life.

Policing Urban Violence in Pakistan, Asia Report N°255, 23 Jan 2014

Jihadi and criminal violence is wreaking havoc in Pakistan’s provincial capitals, eroding stability and public confidence in the government’s ability to restore law and order and enforce the writ of the state, while exposing Pakistan’s religious minorities to ever intensifying confessionally-driven violence.

Not a Rubber Stamp: Myanmar’s Legislature in a Time of Transition, Asia Briefing N°142, 13 Dec 2013

Although Myanmar’s nascent legislature has proved more vibrant and influential than many expected, serious individual and institutional capacity constraints are impeding the effective, efficient lawmaking necessary for the country’s full democratic transition. 中文

Fire on the City Gate: Why China Keeps North Korea Close, Asia Report N°254, 9 Dec 2013

North Korea’s belligerent behaviour is testing the patience of China, its principal backer, but a consequential Chinese policy change, which the U.S. and its allies hope for, is not likely soon. 中文

Sri Lanka’s Potemkin Peace: Democracy Under Fire, Asia Report N°253, 13 Nov 2013

Despite recent moves meant to show progress towards post-war reconciliation and respect for human rights, Sri Lanka’s government has not altered the authoritarian direction of its policies, and the rights and security of all communities remain under threat.

Women and Conflict in Afghanistan, Asia Report N°252, 14 Oct 2013

Women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum.

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